Lee Theatre

3819 W. 13th Street,
Little Rock, AR 72204

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Robb & Rowley-United Inc.

Architects: Jack M. Corgan, William J. Moore Jr.

Firms: Corgan & Moore

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Highland Theatre

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Lee Theatre

The Highland Theatre was located on W. 13th Street at S. Pine Street and opened in 1924. The theatre was reopened as the Lee Theatre on September 29, 1939, with seating listed in the article at 902. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Ed Rowley. Still open in 1950, no time line for closing was listed.

The theatre building is still standing vacant and boarded up when the article was written and by 2022 the roof has caved in.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 29, 2009 at 3:35 am

There were two theaters at this location. The first, called the Highland Theatre, was a 300-seat, single-floor house that was demolished to make way for the much larger Lee Theatre. An article about the Lee appeared in Boxoffice, March 30, 1940.

The Lee Theatre was designed by Jack Corgan, of Corgan & Moore. The Boxoffice article claimed that the Lee had 950 seats, with 750 on the main floor and 200 in the segregated balcony. The art moderne style of the interior was achieved largely through paint effects in this budget project costing $25,000.

Daunte_Sanders on July 13, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Is Restoration possible for this historic site?

fredtheprez on January 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Hello, I am working with a group to help save the Lee Theater. Right now our main goal is to raise enough money this year to put a roof on it to protect from further damage. We plan to start a facebook page soon to ask for pictures or memories from those who may have live in the area and attended the location. We will need any help or advice for this project.

rivest266 on November 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

This reopened as Lee theatre on September 29th, 1939. Grand opening ad in the photo section. It opened as the Highland theatre in 1924

rivest266 on November 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm

July 4th, 1948 grand opening ad for air conditioning.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 15, 2022 at 5:51 am

Completely abandoned, roof is caved in.

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